Growing up in northern California, it isn’t too hard to understand why Ryan fell in love with wine, but, it was while he was 3,000 miles away in college at Cornell University where his passion ignit-ed. In his senior year, Ryan enlisted in HADM 430 – Introduction to Wines, where he would learn about and taste wines from different regions around the world and needless to say, this was an eye-opening experience.
After graduating from Cornell, Ryan spent some years working at the management consulting firm, Accenture, and then at the luxury destination club, Exclusive Resorts. During this time, he was able to build his appreciation for wine and travel to many of the best wine regions of the world. However, his interest was not satisfied by simply tasting great wines; he wanted to make them. Ryan worked with family friends in Anderson Valley during crush and then worked mulitple harvests at Boulder Creek Winery in Boulder, CO. While in Colorado, he completed the UC Davis Certificate Program in Winemaking. It was during this course that he decided he would pursue winemaking as a career.
Ryan and his wife moved back to California and he joined Williams Selyem to work with Bob Ca-bral making world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There, Ryan was able to see how working with great vineyards along with a meticulous winemaking style can produce inspiring results. Fol-lowing Williams Selyem, Ryan worked at Copain Custom Crush (now called Punchdown Cellars), where he had the opportunity to work directly with dozens of winemakers of high-end boutique brands. Most recently, he was the Assistant Winemaker at Medlock Ames winery where he worked to craft artisanal and sustainably-farmed wines in Healdsburg, CA.
Now, as Winemaker of Three Sticks Wines, Ryan is excited to have joined Bob Cabral again to make premium wines of distinction. His education combined with the stepping stones in his winemak-ing career have allowed him to craft inspired wines with character and finesse that showcase the unique vineyard sites in the Price Family Estates portfolio.